Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Sedans for 2011


Higher gas prices usually bring greater focus on fuel economy, which means that compact models and hybrids can begin to look more attractive to shoppers. If you're in the market for a four-door that goes easy on the petrol, you'll want to take a look at these 10 sedans, which are the most fuel-efficient choices on the market.

As you'd expect, the list is dominated by hybrids, with sedans like the Honda Civic Hybrid and the spanking-new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid making a showing, along with Ford's three platform-sharing siblings — the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the Mercury Milan Hybrid. In case you're wondering why the Toyota Prius didn't join the party, keep in mind that its handy-dandy rear hatch makes it more hatchback than wagon; look for it to make an appearance on our upcoming "Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks and Wagons" list.

As far as non-hybrids go, you've got the newly redesigned Hyundai Elantra to consider, along with the diesel-powered Volkswagen Jetta.

We arrived at our rankings using the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for city and highway travel. We tapped the EPA's combined fuel economy formula: 55 percent of city mpg rating plus 45 percent of highway mpg rating. The rating for each vehicle below is expressed in mpg as a city/highway ratio.

  1. Honda Civic Hybrid
    40 city/43 highway
  2. Ford Fusion Hybrid
    41 city/36 highway (tie)

    Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
    41 city/36 highway (tie)

    Mercury Milan Hybrid
    41 city/36 highway (tie)
  3. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
    35 city/40 highway
  4. Lexus HS 250h
    35 city/34 highway
  5. Volkswagen Jetta Diesel
    30 city/42 highway
  6. Nissan Altima Hybrid
    33 city/33 highway
  7. Toyota Camry Hybrid
    31 city/35 highway
  8. Hyundai Elantra
    29 city/40 highway

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